Top Eight Firm Grant Thornton LLP announced a commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, part of a global effort to limit Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees or less.
The firm announced it has signed on to the Science Based Targets initiative to ensure its carbon-reduction goals meet the scientific recommendations on climate change.
Grant Thornton said it plans to achieve its goals by reducing business travel, optimizing use of its office space, and increasing its energy efficiency across all operations. The firm noted a potential use of carbon credits and other investments moving forward to account for residual carbon emissions.
“The time for strong and clear action to limit climate change has arrived,” said Brad Preber, CEO of Grant Thornton, in a statement. “By adopting a net zero emissions goal, Grant Thornton is fully committing to a science-based strategy to sustainably serve our clients and our communities by the end of this decade. We understand the need to act quickly to reduce our environmental footprint in a timeframe that maximizes the benefit.”
“In recent years, Grant Thornton has made sustainability central to our operating philosophy and fully integrated it into our growth strategy,” added Beatrix Bernauer, chief risk and compliance officer at Grant Thornton, in a statement. “Our new net zero emissions goal represents the maturation of this effort.”
More information on the announcement is available on Grant Thornton’s site here.